Notes From The Pantry - Interfaith Food Pantry



Notes From The Pantry - Interfaith Food Pantry
2 Executive Drive
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-538-8049 ∙
Spring 2016
Over 20 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Notes From The Pantry
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,
Happy Spring! This is such a great time of year when everything seems new and possibilities abound. As you will read
inside, things have been busy as usual, much has been happening and we have a lot to be grateful for.
I want to start by thanking you all, our financial and food
donors, volunteers and the wonderful board and staff. In addition, there are also many others who make a big difference by
donating their services, but who get little public acknowledgement so I want to highlight a few of them here.
First, Paul Giglio Jr. and his crew from Pipeworks in Chatham. They have been a huge help in handling our plumbing
issues and keeping everything working especially the irrigation
in the garden. Next Robert Cavanaugh, from Morristown,
who has been great at handling many of our electrical issues and
Ed Gerena, owner of Rent A Lift in Paterson, who has been
keeping our forklift going and is always ready with advice.
These three have donated many hours of service which keeps us
operating and allows us to use our funds for much needed food.
In addition to these folks, a huge thank you goes out to Jeffrey Mazza and Mitch Greene from Sea Box in Hillsborough,
and Mike Sena of Mike’s Towing & Recovery from Bridgewater. Every Fall, they donate our 20’ freezer container which
makes it possible for us to collect and give out all those turkeys
and Mike donates the driver and truck to deliver it. These wonderful folks have been partnering with us for almost 15
years!! We are so grateful to you all.
There are new projects in the works, and one I am very excited about is our Education & Civic Engagement Program.
Thanks to generous grants from the Edmond N and Virginia H
Current Needs*
► Dry milk (1 qt. pkg.) & Parmalat (shelf stable milk) 32 oz.
► Calcium fortified milk alternatives (soy, rice, almond milk)
 Soups (regular, hearty and low sodium)
 Canned fruit or 100% juice (32 oz) (no sugar added)
► Pasta (white or whole wheat) and spaghetti sauce
► Dried or canned beans (pork & beans, pinto, red, white, black)
► Canned meats and meals, hash, stew
 Tuna fish, peanut butter
 Rice - white or brown (1 or 2 lb. size)
 Rice-a-Roni, Mac ‘n Cheese, Hamburger Helper, etc.
 Boost, Ensure or Glucerna
 Enfamil Infant Formula (not newborn)
 Baby food - Stage 1, 2 & 3 Fruits, Vegetables and Meats
 Baby wipes
* When shopping consider low-salt, low-sugar and gluten-free items.
Moriarty Foundation and the MacDonald Family Fund, we
are well underway with this and much has already been accomplished as you will see inside. Our partnership with the students, staff and faculty at Drew University has been extremely
rewarding already and I am looking forward to the full launch of
our Youth Ambassador’s program in September.
Educating our youth about the real hunger issues faced at
home, while combining this with a thorough understanding of
the challenges we all face addressing them, will hopefully provide them with skills to make a difference. Creating a program
where student ambassadors can go out to other schools and
work with the students there to develop their own ideas about
finding solutions is very exciting!
Another area we are working on is identifying and engaging
those people across the county who are struggling to provide
enough food for their households but unaware of our services.
Over the years, the people needing help has changed. They are
less likely to live in urban areas, as the cost of housing there has
increased. They also are older. According to the NJ Foundation
for Aging, they estimate that 33% of the seniors (65+) living in
Morris County are in food insecure households. This number is
growing rapidly as the over 65 population grows. In addition,
new clients are more likely to be employed at least part time.
There are many families who are working but with lower incomes and increased housing costs, struggling to stay afloat.
Seniors and those working are the least likely to ask for
“charity” and their embarrassment frequently causes them to
struggle alone. We are working on grants to be able to send
staff to go out into the community and do outreach work to help
bridge this gap.
It is wonderful to have so many caring partners and your efforts make it all possible. Thank you again and I wish you all a
wonderful Spring and Summer!
2016 Golf Outing
Our 11th Annual Golf Outing will take
place at the Mount Tabor Country Club
September 19th
Watch our website for registration and
sponsor information.
Visit us at
Notes From the Pantry
Youth In Action
Souper Bowl of Caring Success
Skyler Hayden Bouchedid poses with
David Bean, IFP Warehouse Assistant,
and 159 lbs. of food she received in lieu
of birthday presents for her 9th birthday.
The annual Souper Bowl of Caring initiative engages youth to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities at the time of the Super Bowl football game. Young
people from a number of churches and schools in our area participated in this nationwide effort, raising more than $10,000 and almost 5,000 pounds of food for the IFP.
We are so grateful to the youth from the following for making a difference:
Assumption School, Christ the King, First Presbyterian of Mendham, Gloria
Dei Lutheran, Mt. Fern Methodist, Parsippany
United Methodist, Presbyterian of Chatham,
Presbyterian of Morris Plains, Resurrection,
Salem Drive School, St. Andrew Greek Orthodox, Church of St. Margaret, St. Mark Lutheran, St. Paul Episcopal, St. Thomas More,
St. Virgil, and Summit Middle School.
Elizabeth (pictured at right) and Turk Moran,
an enterprising sister and brother team, served as
local advocates for the program and reached out
to local schools and businesses to raise awareness
about local hunger and raise funds for the cause.
They enlisted the help of the Mendham High
School Service Club and Hilltop Presbyterian
Youth Group, who bagged groceries on Super
Bowl Sunday at ShopRite of Chester in return
for donations. That event, along with fundraising
jars at eight local businesses, raised a total of
$1,100 for the IFP!
Above, 15-year-old Elizabeth Moran
presents her donation to IFP Community Relations & Development
Associate Joanne Rinaldi Brashier.
Pictured are the Cooney Family in our teaching kitchen after delivering 198 pounds of food
received by Alexandra Cooney (2nd from left)
in lieu of gifts for her 9th birthday.
And our thanks to…
 Alexis Smock, who donated 170 lbs. of
food gathered for her 7th birthday, bringing
her total donations to well over 1,000 lbs,
all gathered in celebration of each birthday
since her birth!
 Hunter Rosenbaum, for his donation of
food collected at his recent Bar Mitzvah.
 Eli Kaufman who donated $245 received in lieu of gifts for his 10th birthday.
We’re grateful to Tara Weiss and her students at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle
School, who decided to do something about
hunger, sponsoring a ‘Cereal Bowl’ and gathering 872 boxes of cereal for the IFP.
Thanks to youth (and parents) from First
Presbyterian Church of Mendham for their
donation of “Bunny Bags’ filled with school
supplies and edible treats for clients’ children.
Food Drive Honor Roll
We are very grateful to all who conduct food drives for the IFP throughout the year. In addition to those mentioned elsewhere on
this page, the following youth groups donated more than 150 pounds of food or $200 from January to March, to help keep the Pantry shelves stocked. A big THANKS to all! (Donation in pounds unless otherwise marked.)
Delbarton School, Morristown, $3500
Mount Olive High School, Flanders, $565
Cub Scout Troop 228, Morristown, 247
Boy Scout Troop 25, Madison, 3016
Assumption School, Morristown, 474
Montessori Children's Academy, Morristown, 241
Cub Scout Pack 125, Morristown, 1636
Morris Knolls High School, Rockaway, 444
Chatham Middle School, 210
Washington Avenue School, Chatham, 1120
Parsippany Hills High School, Morris Plains, 400
Girl Scout Troop 4923, Morristown, 198
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, 1059
Salem Drive School, Whippany, 362
Girl Scout Troop 80971, Morristown, 183
Rockaway Valley School, Boonton, 1008
St. Elizabeth's Nursery & Montessori School,
Parsippany, 347
St. Virgil's School, Morris Plains, 161
Randolph High School, 976
Normandy Park School , Morristown, 691
Randolph Twp Girl Scouts, Ironia, 274
Mendham Township Elem. School, Brookside, 154
Spring 2016
Client and Volunteer News
A Generous and Grateful Heart!
Willie was always a giver, donating to the Interfaith Food Pantry,
volunteering at the local soup kitchen, sharing with those in his
neighborhood he felt needed help and loving the job he had at
WalMart, “everyone knew me and I knew them!”
He came to New Jersey from South Carolina years ago, looking
for better job prospects. With his
new job he was not only able to
take care of himself, but could
provide for his mom back home
and even have some to help others. Unfortunately, a brain tumor
and subsequent hospitalizations
sidelined Willie and he can no
longer work. Struggling to make
ends meet on his disability and
very small food stamp allotment,
Willie, now 74, had to turn to the
Interfaith Food Pantry for help.
Not being able to work and help others is difficult for him. “It
Special Needs
School Supply Drive
Our Corporate Advisory Council will once again sponsor our
“We’ve Got Your Back” backpack and school supply drive
this summer to help families who might otherwise struggle with
this expense. We distributed more than 600 backpacks last
year, and anticipate a similar need in 2016. We will gratefully
accept donations of school supplies such as neutral colored
backpacks, binders, folders, markers, colored pencils, etc. A
detailed list of needs will be provided on our website in June.
If you would like to organize a drive, please give us a call at
973-538-8049. Distributions will begin on August 1, so if
possible, we would appreciate getting your donations in by
July 31.
Help us Weather the ‘Storm’
A perfect storm hits the Pantry every summer, as many of our
regular food donors such as scouts, schools, houses of worship
and corporations take a hiatus from regular
food drives. At the same time, when school’s
out, many children who receive subsidized or
free breakfast or lunch programs are now
being fed at home, creating an extra strain on
their families. This combination of forces
creates a perfect storm of need - and a food
drought here at the Pantry.
You Can Help! If you will be involved with a sports or swim
team, summer camp, tennis center or other group that might be
willing to help us keep the shelves stocked this summer, consider running a food drive or fundraiser! Resources that
make it easy can be found on our website at
was such a BIG part of me, it was who I am and how I was
raised!” but his positive attitude and strong faith helped him
through his many ordeals. Brain surgery cost him the vision in
one eye, but his most recent test results were excellent and he
was ecstatic. “I feel I am truly blessed.”
He’s learning to cook better for himself at the IFP’s Healthy
Choice cooking sessions, and even tackled making Thanksgiving
dinner, coached by one of his grown sons this past year. When
asked about his experience coming to the Pantry, Willie had this
to say: “I make it a point to tell people that they should not feel
embarrassed to come to the food pantry, that’s why it is there, for
people who have a real need - like us!” “God bless you all for
the help you give to everyone in need, I know I appreciate it! It
makes me so humble to know that there are really good people
out there who do care.”
Connecting our Clients
With the addition of Eileen Chapel to our client services staff
we have been able to connect people with specific organizations
that can give them the help they need to become more selfsufficient. Focusing on the particular circumstances of individual clients, Eileen provides 20-30 referrals per month, helping
people obtain utility assistance, housing, clothing, foreclosure
intervention, SNAP (food stamps), transportation, and even
medical insurance. In her words, her approach is “to tailor what
I do to what an individual client needs.”
In addition to referrals, Eileen manages the Pantry’s annual
client eligibility recertification program and supervises interns
from Drew University’s Civic Engagement Program. She also
serves as one of the staff liaisons for the Board’s Education and
Advocacy Committee, and is our connection to case managers
and staff from other agencies.
Welcome New Volunteers!
Linda & Tony Amitrano
Curtis Anderson
Kim Beckerman
Kay Birkholt
Kara Bradley
Linda Capponegro
Nathalie Duran
Walker Joyce
Kathy Juliano
Beth Karmen
Roy Kirch
Karen Kirchbaum
Carrie Kislin
Phyllis Kopit
Diane Koslow
Cooper Lippencott
Alexandra Moreu
Andrew Moriyon
Pat Nevrincean
Michael O’Brien
Diane Quinn
Kaitlyn Reynolds
Janice & Richard Ryan
Bruce Seidmon
Georgeann Ventola
Kathy Walton
Barry Zitomer
Congratulations to volunteer Nathan Umbriac and his wife Jessica on the birth of their son Francesco, to volunteers Mike and
Jeanne Hanly on the birth of grandson Christopher, and Jack and
Beth Miller upon the birth of grandson Jack.
Our sympathy to Erin Long, IFP Education and Garden Coordinator, and her family on the passing of her father, Timothy Long.
Sadly, we also lost a special volunteer recently. Betty Crescentini’s calming presence had been with us since 1997. Our
sympathy to her husband Gene and family. Our sympathy also to
volunteer Kay Steadman-Trenear and family upon the death of
her mother, Eileen Steadman.
Notes From the Pantry
We are Grateful to our Gala Supporters!
A heartfelt “Thank-you!” to everyone who supported our
17th Annual Spring Gala,
Premier Event Sponsor
Platinum Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Church of the Assumption
Delbarton School
JCP&L/FirstEnergy Foundation
The Mosteller Family
NJ Natural Gas
Pro Safety Services
Willis Towers Watson
Community Sponsors
Atlantic Health System
BCB Community Bank
The Birchwood Monor
Joseph Jigoli & Son
Kings Food Markets
New Concepts Leasing
Normandy Real Estate
General Contractors Association of NY
Affinity Federal Credit Union
Allen Paper & Supply Company
Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC
Associated Contstruction Contractors of NJ
AT&T Pioneers
Bailey Funeral Home
Boiling Springs Savings Bank
C.A.C. Industries, Inc.
Castle Printing Co.
Caristia, Kulsar & Wade, CPA & Consultants
Church of Christ the King
Church of St. Joseph
Cold Storage 2 Go
Columbia Bank
Consumer Health Network PPO
Dangler Funeral Home
Empowered to Heal
Enjou Chocolat
First Baptist Church of Morristown
First Presbyterian Church of Mendham
Adrienne Francis—Keller Williams
John Grissom—Coldwell Banker
Haven Savings Bank
Holy Rood Cemetary
Housley Financial Services
Intac Actuarial Services
JR Cruz
Lakeland Bank
Lanca Sales
Laser & Skin Institute
Pat Malpere—Weichert Realtors
Metro Dental Associates
Morris Technology Partners
Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church
Our Lady Star of the Sea
Pequannock Valley Rotary
Pipe Works Services, Inc., Chatham
The Presbyterian Church of Morristown
Randolph Dental Associates, LLC
Randolph Kiwanis
Refined Sight
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
Saint Peter the Apostle Church
Schechner Lifson Corporation
Simon Mandal
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
St. Cecilia Parish
Supreme Security Systems
TD Bank
Village Supermarkets
Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP
Welsh Chester Galiney Matone, Inc.
Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.
Auction Donors
23 South
Aires Jewelers
Allison Silence
Anytime Fitness
Art in Motion
Arthur's Steakhouse
Badger Company
Basking Ridge Country Club
Bernards Salon
Michelle Blanchard
Bliss Hair Studio
Boutique 161
Bradford Renaissance Portraits
Brightest Star School of Performing
Broadway Tours
Brookside Diner
Burrini’s Olde World Market
Caesars Entertainment
Cambridge Wines
Capital Genealogy
Caring Capital
Chubb Insurance
The Corwin Family
Cozy Cupboard
Crystal Springs Resort
David Todd's City Tavern
Dental Group of Morristown
Denville Dairy
DePasquale, The Spa
Don Macgowan
Dublin Pub / Molly Malones
Elite Island Resorts
Fairleigh Dickinson
The Farm at Green Village
Flemington Furs
Friends of Fosterfields
Friends of IFP
George Street Playhouse
Gibson Overseas
Gourmet Café
Gourmet Gift Baskets
The Grande Café
Grasshopper off the Green
Grassroots Market
Greater Morristown YMCA
Grilled Cheese Factory
Growth Restaurants
Guererro's Restaurant
Hanover Marriott
Harley Davidson of Morris Plains
Harvest Restaurants
Hilton Short Hills
Hot Rod's BBQ
Hunan Chinese Room
Dr. Allyson Hurley
Hyatt, Morristown
Idlewild Pool
Imagine That
Iron Bar
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Jerzey Derby Brigade
Peter Jinks
JR Cigar
Laboratory Hair
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Lakeland Hills YMCA
Lakota Wolf Preserve
Liberty Science Center
Long’s Travel
Lovey's Pizza & Grill
The MacDonald Family
Madison Hotel
Simon Mandal
Mark Perrone Barber Shop
Marty's Reliable Cycle
Mary Brennan and Lance Cassak
The Mayo Center for Performing Arts
Patrick McGuinn
Mendham Garden Center
Metropolitan Window Fashions
Michael Kors
Mohegan Sun
Morris Animal Inn
Morris Museum
Morristown Beard School
Morristown Deli
Morristown Tire
NJ Devils
NJ Jackals
NJ Pest Control
The New York Football Giants
The New York Knicks
The New York Jets
The New York Red Bulls
Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church
Panera Bread
Paper Mill Playhouse
Paradies Pen
Park Avenue Club
Barbara Petrakis
Philadelphia Eagles
Plaza Restaurant
Pocono Raceway
Tracey Polifka
The Potkay Family
Rodan + Fields
Rosie’s Trattoria
Rutgers University
Salon Boutanique
Sandra John Interiors
Schultz Furriers
Sea Glass Fine Art
Shakespeare Theatre
Skin Deep Salon & Spa
Smolin Lupin
Somerset Patriots
Steiner Sports
Sunset World
Susan Groll
Suzi's Salon
The State Theatre
The Supron Family
Total Wine & More
Uptown Art
Urban Muse
Verde's Ristorante
Verona Restaurant
Walpole Woodworking
Walt Disney World
Western Digital
Whole Foods
Willow Street Boutique
Windswept Boutique
Wyndham Resorts
… and the entire Wednesday Night
Distribution Crew who once again
pooled their resources to contribute.
Thanks to all of you!
Spring 2016
Gala Works its Magic toward “Making Hunger Disappear”
The Interfaith Food Pantry’s 17th annual Spring Gala was truly a
‘magical’ evening, fulfilling its goal of raising substantial funds
to ensure the Pantry’s shelves are always stocked (even when
food supplies run low), and to support the programs that serve
our clients’ diverse needs.
Approximately 235 people joined us for the evening on Friday,
April 8 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. The 2016 Gala,
entitled “Making Hunger Disappear,” was one of our most successful events yet, raising over $187,000 through sponsorships,
ticket sales, auction proceeds and monetary donations!
In keeping with the magical theme, roaming magicians and palm
readers entertained the crowd during the cocktail hour. Guests
also enjoyed the talents of two photographers who donated their
services, Dave Kramer provided formal photography, while
Jerry Troianello from Corsair Productions offered fun props
and the opportunity to take home photos that night!
This year we recognized
Moretrench with our 2016
Pantry Partner Award for
the company’s ongoing
support of the Interfaith
Food Pantry to end hunger
and improve the lives of
neighbors in need. Over the
years, Moretrench and its
employees have donated
many hours of service,
thousands of pounds of
food and tens of thousands Above, Art Corwin (left), President
of dollars to support a vari- and CEO of Moretrench, accepts the
Pantry Partner Award from IFP
ety of Pantry programs,
Trustee Marc Mackin . At right, Moreeven redirecting funds pre- trench employees enjoy the Gala.
viously spent on client
Christmas gifts to the IFP on their behalf!
Rosemary Gilmartin presented the
Outstanding Service Award to Robert
Zajac (above), Investors Bank Senior
Vice President, Regional Manager.
Investors Bank received
our Outstanding Service
Award, recognizing its
efforts to alleviate hunger
and make a significant difference in the lives of
neighbors in need. Employees have been encouraged
to volunteer with organizations they feel passionate
about and since 2007, numerous volunteers have
assisted the Pantry in many
ways, and both Investors
Bank and Investors Foundation have made generous
financial contributions,
most recently to our
Healthy Choice Program.
This year, Delbarton School received the Neighbors Helping
Neighbors Award, which recognizes an individual or group that
epitomizes the compassion represented by volunteerism and community action. The school’s involvement with the IFP has
grown each year since 2010, and the students now assist the pan-
Above, Delbarton School students, teachers and moms celebrate
with the Pantry after receiving the Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Award. David Hajduk, Director of Campus Ministry (seated 2nd
from right), accepted the award.
try on a bi-weekly basis in a myriad of tasks, wherever there is a
need. In addition to hundreds of hours of service, they have donated nearly $28,000 gathered through fundraisers and more than
9 tons of food!
We are grateful to our talented emcee,
Joyce, who
also volunteered his services as live
Our thanks to
Kings Food
Markets for
the beautiful centerpieces that graced each table, to Enjou for
donating chocolate favors, and to Mondelez, Pfizer, Alexandra
Elliott and Investors Bank who supplied gift bags for everyone
to enjoy.
Big thanks to Christine and Peter Birnbaum, who contributed
fabulous live music by Matt Friedman (The “Piano Man” from
Billy Joel’s award winning musical) and Uptown Sounds. We are
also grateful to Refined Sight for once again donating the evening’s invitations and all the signage, and to Samsung who provided us with Galaxy® Tablets for payment processing.
IFP client “Tina” was a highlight of the evening as she shared
her moving story about her family’s journey following the loss of
her husband’s job including not only financial crisis, but a struggle to keep the family together as they eventually lost their home.
She spoke of how the Interfaith Food Pantry addressed not only
the family’s food insecurity, but offered kindness, respect, referrals and hope. Generous IFP supporters also provided Tina’s four
children with much needed school supplies, and even a bicycle
for her 6-year-old at Christmas time! Finally she told how IFP
programs such as the Healthy Choice Program have made a real
difference in their lives as they struggle with many health issues.
Her testimony generated a round of enthusiastic on-the-spot fundraising, gathering $41,000 to help continue our work!
Our grateful thanks to our fabulous Gala Committee, members of
the Board of Trustees, all our sponsors, and to all who contributed time and talent as well as financial support to make this evening a success!
Notes From the Pantry
Here and There
The Giving Tree
Nearly 100 donors and staff gathered
March 18 for the unveiling of our
2015 Giving Tree. If you are on the
tree and didn’t get a chance to see it,
come on over! Corsair Productions
designed the Tree, and our thanks to
Refined Sight for donating its production.
We were delighted to welcome two new groups from Parsippany to the ranks of local companies
and organizations who put their hands to work to help their neighbors. Above left, volunteers
from The Medicines Company take a break from their service work. Above right, employees
from the Avis Budget Group enjoyed the beautiful weather after helping out.
In addition to these new companies, we once again benefited from the helping hands of Duff
and Phelps, Arthur J. Gallagher Company, Macy’s and Short Hills Hilton employees.
Education and Civic Engagement—A Collaboration
Welcome Denise and Julia
Denise Hurtado
-Valdez (right)
has been a terrific enhancement
to our team since
January, serving
as both IFP receptionist and
Client Services
assistant. In addition to greeting visitors and fielding incoming calls, she
helps process applications for new and
recertifying clients, ensuring that all the
required paperwork is in hand.
Drew University continues to play an
important role in spreading the word about
local hunger and food insecurity, formalizing an Anti-Hunger Action Team
(AHAT) in the Spring 2016 semester. An
intern from Drew’s for-credit Community
Based Learning Program serves as liaison
between IFP Education Coordinator Erin
Long and AHAT, and that organization’s
members pursue opportunities for awareness, professional development and volunteerism both on campus and in the community.
We are so very glad to have them both
as part of our team!
The group will also host a food drive on
campus and documentary screening, and
work in the campus garden providing produce for IFP clients. We are grateful for
all their efforts on our behalf.
An Engaging Evening for Kids
Thanks to the Page Hill Foundation, IFP’s client children were treated to an especially enjoyable experience during the evening distribution on April 19. While their
parents were shopping, more than a dozen children participated in a hands-on workshop led by Susie Schub of the Jumpstart Fund, decorating treasure boxes that they
could bring home! The Jumpstart Fund and its sister company Caring Capital lead
programs to help nonprofit organizations, often benefitting the IFP.
The fun and engaging project, in keeping with the Foundation’s efforts to offer enriching programs for children, was the first of two offered this year at the IFP. A second
program, with all new materials and take-along gifts, will be held on May 18.
Nutrition intern Nathalie Duran from
Montclair State University has been
helping out with food demonstrations,
distribution, and even translations. Below, she’s shown with some of the materials she translated for clients.
Julia Murtha recently joined our team
as our part-time Special Events Assistant, working with our volunteer and
development staff on fundraising, community outreach, and volunteer events
as well as coordinating special projects
such as the “We’ve Got Your Back”
Continuing their service as “Hunger Ambassadors” a program which began last
fall, these students visited several local
schools and organizations in April and
May, raising awareness about the issues of
hunger faced by neighbors in our communities, and what they can do to get involved and make a difference.
The children of our clients enjoy some creative time during a recent distribution session,
which most prefer instead of tagging along
with their parents while they shop!
Spring 2016
Healthy Choices & Garden News
Step Up to Kitchen To Table Program
Our Kitchen to Table Program continues to grow in popularity, and we are grateful for the support we’ve received in
recent months from Dun & Bradstreet and Drew University,
who have provided both funding and volunteer hands.
To ensure that we have meals prepared for Home Delivery
clients, our goal is to host two groups per month. This is a fun
and unique way to serve our neighbors in need and is open to
any group that would like to help support it. Perhaps you
have a group of friends or club members who would like to
gather to help others through this program. It is a great
means of team building for companies and other organizations.
The program (and kitchen) can accommodate groups of 8-15
people. A donation of $1,000 covers the ingredients and other
supplies, packaging and affiliated expenses.
If you are interested in learning more about our Kitchen to
Table Program or sponsoring a group, please contact Doug at
973-538-8049 ext. 218.
Sow an Extra Row (or 2 or 3!)
As you begin planning your garden, please think of the difference you can make in a clients life by planting more than
you need for your own use. Suggest the same to your family,
friends, house of worship, or other organizations that might
be willing to plant extra amounts as well, you can really
make a huge difference. Last year we received more than
55,000 pounds of donated fresh produce. Let’s see if we can
beat that number this year, and keep lots of healthy fresh
options available at the IFP for our clients!
Liliana Herrera, IFP Client Services Manager, poses with some of the
fresh bounty provided by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey,
including potatoes, carrots, onions and apples for our clients.
Gleaning Programs = Healthy Clients
Drew University students, faculty and families participated in a Day of
Service celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. by preparing meals for Home
Delivery clients.
Resource Partners Draw Clients
In keeping with our commitment to serving as a resource center
for our clients, the Pantry periodically hosts screening programs
and health events, held on-site at the IFP.
In the first quarter of 2016, the Community Food Bank of
New Jersey conducted a prescreening and application help session for SNAP (food stamps); Atlantic Health System offered
glucose and blood pressure screening; a colorectal cancer workshop and nutrition session was run by the New Jersey Cancer
Education and Early Detection Program (NJCEED) as well
as a breast health workshop, and Rutgers ran a SNAP Ed program.
An Update On Our Garden!
Our 2016 Community Garden is well under way, and IFP
Garden Manager Erin Long is grateful for the 9 new volunteers who stepped up to help!
With the support once again of County College of Morris,
800 seedlings have germinated and are being nurtured in
preparation for distribution to clients.
Over the years we have partnered with many farms, bakeries,
distributors and food markets to “rescue” food that is safe and
good to eat but not able to be sold due to oversupply or nearing
sell by dates. Some of those participating include Trader
Joe’s, ShopRite in Parsippany, and Pepperidge Farms.
Last year, the Community Food Bank (CFBNJ) invited us to
join their gleaning program and take over handling the food
from a number of local stores. These donations enhance the
healthy food options we offer by adding fresh produce, dairy,
breads, and meats. In 12 months, through the new sites provided, we gathered an additional 88,000 pounds of food, including almost 27,600 pounds of meat!
We are so grateful
to our donor markets arranged
through the Community Food
Bank - ShopRite
of Greater Morristown, Stop &
Shop of Morris
Plains, Kings
Food Market of
Morristown, and
our most recent
addition, BJ’s of
Val Schuslzer, IFP Warehouse Assistant,
after gleaning food including meat from BJ’s.
Board of Trustees
► To improve the health and well being of
Morris County residents in need by providing access to food, nutrition education
and related resources.
► To provide hands on opportunities for
neighbors to help neighbors.
9/19 IFP Golf Outing Mount Tabor
Country Club
9/25 Action Against Hunger Food Drive
9/25 Fall Festival
► To educate the public about the issues
of hunger in our area.
11/5 Gary’s Grand Wine Tasting
January 1 - March 31, 2016
Food Drop-off, Tours & Visitors - Warehouse
2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains
The First Four Weeks of the Month Only
Monday through Thursday 1pm - 3pm
Wednesday 6pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 12noon
1st & 3rd Tuesday 6pm - 8pm
Food Distribution - Satellite Pantry
190 Speedwell Ave., Morristown
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Double Your Gifts!
Did you know that many companies
offer employees a matching gift program for donations made to non-profit
organizations. Check with your Human
Resources department to see if they
will match your gift. Also, check out
our website at to learn
more about donating and workplace
Interfaith Food Pantry
Food Distribution - Main Pantry/Warehouse
Avg. # households per month
Avg. # people fed per month
Avg. lbs. food per month
2 Executive Drive
Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Special arrangements by request
Lbs. of food distributed
# Different households served
# Different people fed
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
2 Executive Drive, Morris Plains
Return Service Requested
Phil Alcock, warehouse assistant
Tony Aviles, warehouse assistant
David Bean, warehouse assistant
Joanne Brashier, community relations/
development associate
Lenora Caamano, administrative asst.
Eileen Chapel, case manager-client services
Katy Galton, nutrition educator
Diana Garcia, client services associate
Liliana Herrera, client services manager
Denise Hurtado-Valdez, reception/client svc.
Bob Johnson, warehouse assistant
Anne Kneller, training coordinator
Carolyn Lake, director of community
relations & development
Erin Long, education & garden coordinator
Doug McMahon, volunteer coordinator
Julia Murtha, special events assistant
Maureen Papili, office manager
Wendy Potkay, business manager
Val Schuslzer, warehouse assistant
Bill Zackoff, food and facilities manager
6/11-7/4 Kings Pantry Apple program
Our Mission
Greg Supron, president
Chris MacDonald, vice president
Tracey Polifka, secretary
Stuart Wiet, treasurer
Russ Hall
Marc Mackin
Patrick McGuinn Guy Raymaker
Paul Zelenty
Rosemary Gilmartin, executive director
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